Author’s note: Fragments (2 torn and blurred pages) of a handwritten “debate” between two unnamed elders of the simulationist church were recently uncovered during a local library tear-down in Fresno, California. They had been stuffed into the back of a metal filing cabinet in the basement of said library. The reasons for the strange location of the documents are anyone’s guess. I was informed of the find by letter, which arrived at my home address early last week. A random reader of some of my stuff thought I might be interested in seeing them because of my frequent writings on the topic. In case you were wondering, yes I was a bit disturbed at how easy it apparently is for someone to determine exactly where you live. The two church ‘officials’ are referred to as simply S1 and S2 throughout, and the handwriting in the document alternates as each one makes their case. Unfortunately the back and forth that was legible was limited to what is transcribed below. There is a short preface in a third handwriting of which only a few sentences were legible and no dates were anywhere to be found, though the appearance of the paper itself suggests it is not that old, maybe 10–15 years max.
Preface: There is much current debate within the church with regards to the (designatory??) status of Nick Bostrom. Is he to be regarded as simply one of the most favored of the Simulator(s) and……illegible. prophet given special foresight and blessed with some direct link to the holy source code. Many church teachings and future plans are directly tied to the outcome of……illegible…. and the future of humanity institute…remaining illegible…..
S1: There can be no doubt as to the prophetic nature of Mr. Bostrom’s writings. His groundbreaking paper proving once and for all, both logically and mathematically, that the simulation hypothesis was indeed the correct description of the universe and ourselves within it, stands as the most important work in church canon with the possible exception of the Creed itself. I do not wish to impugn at all the greatness of what he has accomplished for the church. However, it is one thing to suggest he is a great man and quite another to suggest he is a holy man, favored of the Simulator(s), and blessed with some special ‘link’ to them and the holy source code that others of us granted knowledge of the simulation do not have….paper torn and fragment missing
S2: It seems without doubt that Mr. Bostrom must be considered a prophet of this church. Leaving aside the historical analogies to other great holy men and women who have founded (what we now know are false) churches and religious movements, Mr. Bostrom’s paper proving the correctness of the simulation hypothesis could not possibly been conceived of and written without divine inspiration. I also feel quite certain that such divine inspiration could only be received/transmitted through a simulation blessed with divine code….remainder of page illegible but for one tine scrap at the very end….
….the holy source code. End Program.